Top 10 Books For Black Girls

Guess what today is? 

It’s World Literacy Day, and here are our top 10 books for black girls because reading is FUNdamental! 

Did you know? 

Studies have shown that students who read for 30 minutes per day encounter 13.7 million 12.2 million more words than their peers who read less than 15 minutes a day.

Why should you care? 

Well...because it's world literacy day and I’m here to tell you my top 10 books for black girls because reading is FUNdamental! 

The books are not in any specific order. They all serve the same purpose of representing black girl magic and loving yourself unapologetically

Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora

This book taught me the beauty of giving! Sharing with others, and being self-less are lessons that I will take throughout my whole life.









I Am Enough by Grace Byers Illustrated by Keturah A. Bobo

This book taught me about self-confidence and kindness as it highlights the diversity in our community, that we all are enough!









 Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry Illustrated by Vashti Harrison

This book taught me that dads could make my curlfriends look beautiful, just like moms! 








 Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o Illustrated by Vashti Harrison 

This book taught me about the magic behind my beautiful black skin and how true beauty comes from within!









 Hair Like Mine by LaTashia M. Perry Illustrated by Bea Jackson

This book was one of my favorites because we curly girls have to stick together! I learned that my crown does not have to look like yours because we are all unique.






Happy Birthday Mali More by Tiffany Aliche Illustrated by Jaz McDaniel 

This book taught me all about money! It is so important to learn at a young age to learn how to manage my cash, so I can grow to be a financially responsible adult.





The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson Illustrated by Rafael Lopez 

This book taught me that it is okay to be an outsider and that it is courageous to go anyway, even when I am nervous!







Little Leaders: Bold Woman In Black History by Vashti Harrison 

This book helped me see the role model’s shoulders I am standing on. The generations of the wonderful black women that paved the way for you and me!






Little Dreamers: Visionary Woman Around The World by Vashti Harrison 

This book, accompanied by the next, taught me that we are magical, being change agents in any field we put our minds to!







Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman Illustrated by Caroline Binch 

This book taught me to reach for the stars and that I could be anything I want to be, just like Grace with her imagination.

Yelitsa Jean-Charles made Healthy Roots Dolls because she never had a black doll that looked like her. Similarly, Marley Dias was tired of reading books about “white boys and their dogs,” so she created the “#1000BlackGirlBooks initiative,” where she organized a book drive to send 1000 books featuring back protagonists to Jamaica in 2015.

We also thank Marley Dias for showing how much representation matters and creating resources for black girls to learn to love ourselves just the way we are!

 Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices is now streaming on Netflix! 

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